The Test Drive (Early Album Previews)

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    The Test Drive: Alpha Shallows – Set the Fires

    Containing a reckless abandon that is too often imitated but never duplicated, the tracks that comprise the new EP from Alpha Shallows' "Set The Fires", have that reckless care to the wind feeling running...

    The Test Drive: Nigel Thomas – Travelling Man

    With the new single "Fever" now making the rounds throughout the world, it is now an absolute necessity to explore the rest of the album tentatively titled "Travelling Man". The album starts out with...

    The Test Drive: Bentley Jones – The Rebellion

    A few weeks back I interviewed Bentley Jones about his career so far as well as his upcoming album "The Rebellion". And now that time has come. When I first saw the video for the lead track,...

    The Test Drive: The Deadline Shakes – Zealots

    The Deadline Shakes are set to release their new album, "Zealots" on November 29th. Hailing from Glasgow, these young lads have created a window to their open hearts and let the music flow through...

    The Test Drive: Ummagma – Frequency

    Shoegaze is becoming more and more relevant. Not only in the Indie and Electronic scene but in the music scene in general. Why? Because it's not only creative but thoughtful. And that is what...

    The Test Drive: Stella Diana – Alhena

    I'll just come out and say it. I have found my new sonic nirvana in the audio that is Stella Diana. What I find fascinating is that this is an Italian band and not...

    The Test Drive: Sea + Air – Evropi

    With a combination of ingenious swagger, reckless abandon, and pop sensibility, Sea + Air have achieved a new level of pop music which they have defined as "Ghost Pop" Simultaneously daunting and melodic with...

    The Test Drive: The Fiction Aisle – Heart Map Rubric

    "Heart Map Rubric", the new album from Brighton, UK outfit The Fiction Aisle, is that smooth easy going type of music that you want to listen to live in a private club with your...

    The Test Drive: Venkman – Kakorrhaphiophobia

    An eclectic mix of melody, beat, and rhythm, "Kakorrhaphiophobia" is a different band for a different crowd. Mixing time signatures as seamlessly as Neil Peart would in his sleep, Venkman produce such an original mix...

    The Test Drive: All The King’s Men – Making My Escape

    All The King’s Men were formed twelve months ago by Matthew Holland, Tino Caine and Ben Robinson. Growing up together against the backdrop of Manchester's vibrant and world renowned music scene they were quickly...

    The Test Drive: Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames

    Sonic bliss has found a home in the mind of Robert Chaney, the South Florida native with a reverence for Americana and a sensibility for the folk tradition of old. To quote one Robert's...

    The Test Drive: Mickey 9s – Computer Inventor

    Explosive, unapologetic and infectious, Mickey 9s are four friends from Glasgow who have been playing together since their school days. They describe seeing Daft Punk's Alive Tour as "a spiritual-like encounter" that inspired them...

    The Test Drive: Die Nerven – Out

    From the ashes of the post grunge comes Die Nerven (The Nerves). The German answer to the nü music revolution with 10 songs of sonic bliss designed to irritate your adrenal gland in such...

    The Test Drive: Aleks Grey – Souls

    Souls is the debut EP from Norwegian musician Aleks Grey, a stunning collection of uplifting indie pop anthems. Born in Volda, Norway, acutely shy Aleks had never dared to sing publicly until one of his...

    The Test Drive: Real Experts – The Trade Off

    The new album from London based synthpop project, Real Experts, bring forth their latest effort, "The Trade Off" with all of the flare and prestige of the best of the 80's and more. This...

    The Test Drive: Old House Playground – 21st Century Glory

    Old House Playground are releasing a new AA side on November 16th with two power packed singles "21st Century Glory" and "Love And Other Demons" which are as varied yet tasteful in contrast with...

    The Test Drive: Nine Lies – 9Lies

    I have to say it right at the start for those of you who skim these reviews. This album, "9Lies" kicks ass. Simply put. The Belfast, Ireland outfit has found their niche and sound...

    The Test Drive: Various Artists – David Cameron’s Eton Mess

    David Cameron's Eton Mess is a compilation of embryonic Scottish guitar bands, very few with any more than an EP or two available online. Most of the bands are friends and a lot of...

    The Test Drive: Speaking In Shadows – Anchor

    The new effort from Nuneaton, U.K. five piece Speaking In Shadows, titled "Anchor",  is proof positive on how much the band has grown since their last album, "The Lies We Lead" in 2014. The...

    The Test Drive: Pacific – What Are You Waiting For

    The release of piano-led Alternative Indie/Rock band Pacific's EP 'What Are You Waiting For' follows the huge success of February 2015's single release ‘Time to Forget’. The song reaped Pacific’s first BBC Radio 1...

    The Test Drive: Kissing Party – Looking Back It Was Romantic But At The...

    Tired of Ty Segal? Bored with Beck? Wanna slit your wrists at the thought of another Jack White album... From the Mile High City comes Kissing Party, your new favorite band whether you like it...

    The Test Drive: Crooked Weather – Long Garden

    Based in East Yorkshire, England, Crooked Weather play earthy, unruly and original folk songs. The sound is lead by carefully crafted lyrics delivered by the haunting harmonies of Holly and Will. The music on 'Long...

    The Test Drive: Deplacement – Carousel

    The new album from Deplacement, "Carousel", is a New Wave journey into the art of the craft called music. The duo from Italy have taken ten tracks with emotional lyrics and have given each...

    The Test Drive: Megan Landry – Stills

    I have to start this review off with an apology. Sometimes the volume of submissions overwhelms us here at Jammerzine and a song, video, or album slips through the cracks. And sometimes, that album...

    The Test Drive: Robert Taira Wilson – Nail And Hammer

    Robert Taira Wilson is a London singer, guitarist & songwriter from London who has just released a new album, "Nail And Hammer". From the lyrics in the opening track, "Our Normal Way", where Robert...